GMC asks doctors to take greater care over consent after law changes

BMJ 2008; 336 doi: (Published 22 May 2008) Cite this as: BMJ 2008;336:1152
  1. Andrew Cole
  1. 1London

    The General Medical Council calls on doctors to rethink their approach to discussing medical problems with their patients in its guidance on obtaining consent to treatment, published this week.

    The guidance, which replaces previous advice published in 1998, follows changes in legislation such as the Mental Capacity Act 2005 and the Adults with Incapacity (Scotland) Act 2000, as well as developments in case law.

    The advice, which comes into effect on 2 June, tackles in detail questions such as discussing risk, advance care planning, and what to do when a patient’s mental capacity is impaired or …

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